To understand exactly how off limits Martha Stewart has been in our house, you have to know the background of how she made it onto Bernard's black list. We found a set of 1950s porch furniture, a glider and two chairs, that Bernard wanted to refinish. Never mind that an identical-looking, brand-new set was available … Continue reading Martha’s Artic blast redemption.
I arrived home from Orlando to discover that my people did not exactly stick to the plan I had left for them. For example, while a colleague and I were testing our trivia knowledge at Hamburger Mary's (yes, I was forewarned that only gay men over 40 really stood a chance at winning, but I … Continue reading Weekly menu 2.11.13
A few confessions: The weekly plan, for me, is like a closet full of Garanimals. I might swap Tuesday's dinner for Thursday's dinner, especially if Thursday's dinner is easier to prepare and I had to work later than expected on Tuesday, or if I forgot to do an essential pre-prep step in the morning. The … Continue reading Weekly menu 1.28.13
An all-American comfort dinner for this Veteran's Day holiday Chicken Pot Pie (makes six 4" ramekins) 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp. salt 1 stick butter, cold, cut into about 8 chunks 1/4 c. ice-cold water 4 flash-frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts 2-3 cups frozen vegetables (for family peace, I use just green peas and … Continue reading What’s for dinner: 11.12.12
Our kids are at camp. For the first time in 11 years, we have the entire house to ourselves for a week, dawn 'til dusk. I hauled to Goodwill discarded toys and clothes that will never be missed. My husband and I have had several actual conversations, uninterrupted by the need to serve as referees … Continue reading Alone time.
Four weeks in, the lazy days of summer break have ousted the careful weekly menu planning of the school year. Baseball, swimming, and pick-up games of (pick your outdoor yard sport) are more appealing than indoor food prep, so dinner has become a free-for-all buffet of whatever the fridge and pantry have to offer when … Continue reading Real summer food.